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Deputy news editor, Inside Housing

Pete Apps

Deputy news editor

E-mail: peter.apps@insidehousing.co.uk

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Javid rejects proposals to build on green belt

21/04/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government has rejected two developers’ appeals against planning permission decisions because they would involve “significant development” on green belt land.

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Election ‘will delay Local Plans’

19/04/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

The snap general election called by the prime minister yesterday will delay Local Plans and planning decisions, a planning expert has warned.

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Two-thirds of councils could face centrally set housing targets

06/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

Failing to set up Local Plans could expose almost two-thirds of English councils to new government measures encouraging housing delivery, a new report claims.

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Scottish builders 'extremely disappointed' with proposed planning reform

06/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

Builders’ trade body Homes for Scotland has said it is “extremely disappointed” with the government’s proposals for changes in planning policy.

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Associations welcome Scottish planning changes

05/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has announced its support for a proposed increase in planning fees.

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Brownfield register rules come into force

03/04/2017 | By Luke Barratt

New rules for councils on registers of underused land for new homes have come into force, housing minister Gavin Barwell confirmed today.

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Lambeth Council to block office-to-resi permitted development

30/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Lambeth Council will be able to force office-to-residential conversions to go through planning, after removing automatic development rights in parts of the borough.

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Government to allow more office-to-resi waivers if councils deliver on housing

24/03/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The government will make it easier for councils to police office-to-residential conversions if they can demonstrate they are delivering on their housing targets.

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Councils urged to 'get on' with Local Plans after High Court quashes interim guidance

24/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Affordable housing thresholds set by councils while they draw up Local Plans could be dismissed after a High Court case went against a North Yorkshire authority this week.

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Government considers rolling affordable housing into infrastructure levy

24/03/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The government is considering a radical shake-up of planning negotiations, by rolling affordable housing payments into a new Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) regime.

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Planning approvals for residential schemes up by 6%

23/03/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

Planning departments approved 6% more residential applications than a year ago, official statistics released today show.

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Public land sales lag well below target

20/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The government has sold enough land for less than 14,000 homes, leaving it well off the pace required to meet its target to dispose of land for 160,000 homes in this parliament.

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The land grabbers

09/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

L&Q’s acquisition of Gallagher Estates is a milestone in the housing association sector’s march into the land market. Nick Johnstone looks at the risk and reward

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Councils' Local Plan targets cast doubt on key White Paper measure

09/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

More than half of councils currently set Local Plan targets below assessed need, casting doubt on the government’s plan to tackle town halls “ducking” housing responsibility.

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There was a lot for rural areas to like in the White Paper

08/02/2017

WHITE PAPER: The White Paper should be welcomed by rural housing providers but there is scope for the government to go further, says Sue Chalkley

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HCA chair: we will hammer councils which fail to deliver targets

07/02/2017 | By Nathaniel Barker

WHITE PAPER: Local authorities which fail to deliver housing delivery targets set through standard measures will get “caned”, the Homes and Communities Agency chair has warned.

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Industry bodies give cautious welcome to White Paper

07/02/2017 | By Tim Clark

WHITE PAPER: The National Housing Federation has welcomed the government’s White Paper, but called for more to be done to release land for developments.

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Government to bolster councils' CPO powers to speed up housing delivery

07/02/2017 | By Tim Clark

WHITE PAPER: The government will prepare new guidelines to encourage councils to use compulsory purchase order (CPO) powers to intervene in the housing market and stimulate new building.

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Housing need tests in Local Plans shake-up

07/02/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

WHITE PAPER: The government will introduce a standard method of assessing housing need for councils in a radical shake-up of Local Plans, introduced in today’s Housing White Paper.

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Public opinion shifts in favour of housebuilding, survey shows

03/02/2017

Public support for housebuilding has nearly doubled in England since 2010, with particularly strong backing for affordable new homes, according to a research report published today.

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White Paper: calls for development presumption on brownfield land

02/02/2017 | By News team

House builders are calling for a presumption in favour of development on suitable brownfield sites as the final lobbying over content of the long-awaited Housing White Paper takes place.

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L&Q's Gallagher purchase could unlock 5,000 homes per year

02/02/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

L&Q’s landmark £505m acquisition of one of the country’s largest strategic land companies could result in the delivery of 5,000 new homes every year.

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Affordable housing squeezed by land values, says report

30/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The planning system has allowed soaring land values in London to reduce the amount of affordable housing delivered, research commissioned by London boroughs claims.

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Southwark Council to create intermediate waiting list

27/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Southwark Council is preparing to launch a new intermediate housing list that will enable it to allocate eligible candidates to discounted market rent products.

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House builders launch neighbourhood planning judicial review

26/01/2017 | By Simon Brandon

A group of 25 house builders and land promoters have launched a judicial review against a rule change allowing councils with Neighbourhood Plans to block development.

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Hyde considers appeal for 100% affordable plan at Croydon golf course

26/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Hyde Group has said it is considering appealing Croydon Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for a scheme containing 129 affordable units in Croydon.

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British Land to set up registered provider for affordable units

26/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

One of the UK’s biggest property companies is in talks with housing regulator the Homes and Communities Agency about setting up its own private registered provider.

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Barwell: we want to end local political resistance to new housing

23/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The housing minister hopes to end local political resistance to housing developments through better design quality and the provision of upfront infrastructure.

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District councils 'to lose £75m' with New Homes Bonus reforms

13/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The planned introduction of a housing growth baseline for the New Homes Bonus has been slammed by district councils that believe they could lose £75m.

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Starter Homes changes expected as White Paper draws closer

13/01/2017 | By News team

Sector figures are expecting key changes to the Starter Homes policy as the publication of the long-awaited Housing White Paper draws closer.  

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The importance of section 106 monitoring

12/01/2017 | By Rob Murfin

A better understanding of planning obligation data could help councils persuade communities to accept new housing, says Rob Murfin

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Fifty-eight per cent of councillors expect to build on green belt

11/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Fifty-eight per cent of councillors have said they expect to allocate green belt land for new housing over the next five years, according to a survey.

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5.5% growth in 'public housing' development

11/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

Construction of new housing developments increased by 1.2% in November compared with the previous month, underpinned by a 5.5% growth in housing association development, according to new figures released by the Office for National Statistics.

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Scottish Government calls for simplified planning system

11/01/2017 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government wants to simplify the planning system to encourage greater input from citizens.

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Sadiq Khan calls in two housing schemes

10/01/2017 | By Nick Johnstone

The mayor of London Sadiq Khan has taken control of two planning applications containing a total of around 700 homes – in his first planning ‘call-in’ since being elected.

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Further council has no Section 106 monitoring

09/01/2017 | By Luke Barratt

A London council has admitted it has no process in place for ensuring developers provide the social housing that they promise to build.

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Successful planning applications at 10-year high

03/01/2017 | By Luke Barratt

Successful planning permissions have reached their highest level for a 12-month period in 10 years, according to the Home Builders Federation and Glenigan, a construction data provider.

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Residential planning applications rise 6% in a year

16/12/2016 | By Clare Mullooly

The number of granted residential planning applications has increased by 6% compared to last year, according to the latest figures.

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Communities with Neighbourhood Plans can block development, says Barwell

14/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Communities with a Neighbourhood Plan will be able to block housing developments even if their local council does not have an up-to-date five-year housing land supply, the housing minister has announced.

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Tory MPs table planning bill amendments

09/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

A group of Conservative MPs have tabled amendments to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill which would protect the green belt and strengthen powers of local people to reject development.

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London Plan to be published in 2019

07/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The London Plan will not be published until 2019, the deputy mayor of housing for the Greater London Authority has revealed.

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Scottish Government proposes planning fees hike

06/12/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The Scottish Government has proposed increasing planning fees more than fourfold for some major applications, as part of a consultation published today.

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Builders hit back at Javid landbank threat

05/12/2016 | By Mark Smulian

House builders have hit back at a threat by communities secretary Sajid Javid to tackle alleged landbanking.

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Local MP pledges to fight Birmingham plan decision

29/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

A Conservative MP has vowed to fight the government’s decision to give the go-ahead to Birmingham’s development plans “by all legal means”.

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Associations have capacity to double new homes – Savills

28/11/2016 | By Simon Brandon

Housing associations have the financial capacity to more than double the number of new homes they build each year within the next decade, according to a new report from property advisor Savills.

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Javid takes lead on cross-departmental housing taskforce

25/11/2016 | By Corin Williams

Communities secretary Sajid Javid has revealed he is heading up a Whitehall housing taskforce, as he issued a stark warning to big builders that they must improve build-out rates.

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Sajid Javid: building the homes we need

25/11/2016

Sajid Javid warns house builders build-out rates must increase, in a hard-hitting speech to the National House Building Council annual lunch

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Barwell lifts block on Birmingham's 15-year housing strategy

25/11/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

Housing minister Gavin Barwell has lifted a controversial block on Birmingham’s 15-year strategy for the building of tens of thousands of new homes.

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L&Q and Fairview in 800-home site acquisition

23/11/2016 | By Nick Johnstone

L&Q and Fairview Homes have teamed up to buy a 5.5-acre plot of land in Park Royal, north-west London in their first 50/50 joint venture together.

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Leeds 'requires major housing boost' to avoid shortfall

22/11/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Leeds City Region needs a major boost in its housing supply if it is to continue its economic growth, with a 30,000 home shortfall anticipated by 2021.

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Radical overhaul of CIL considered

18/11/2016 | By Nick Johnstone , Sophie Barnes

The government is considering launching a radical overhaul of the Community Infrastructure Levy developer charge in next week’s Autumn Statement – aimed at “massively” simplifying the process and making it less open to negotiation.

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Javid blocks 225-home scheme

11/11/2016 | By Carl Brown

Sajid Javid has intervened to block a controversial 225-home scheme on environmental grounds.

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RTPI: green belt should be considered for housing

10/11/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

The green belt should be considered for new housing, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has said.

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MoD identifies further 56 sites for sale

08/11/2016 | By Pete Apps

The Ministry of Defence has identified a further 56 sites to sell, as it moves towards its target of releasing enough land for the development of 55,000 homes by 2020.

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Looking for land

04/11/2016 | By Carl Brown

The West Midlands Combined Authority has set up a Land Commission to help bring forward sites for housing. With its growth ambitions already outstripping councils’ plans for new homes, Carl Brown examines the advice housing professionals are offering to the commission

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Burnham concerned over Greater Manchester green belt plans

31/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Greater Manchester mayoral hopeful Andy Burnham has hit out at the region’s plan to build on green belt land.

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County councils push back against Local Plans role

31/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

County councils have hit back at the government’s suggestion they could make Local Plans on behalf of district councils.

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A new order?

28/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Birmingham City Council is planning to use compulsory purchase orders to seize undeveloped land from developers. Sophie Barnes looks at whether others could follow.

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Barwell: county councils could help create Local Plans

19/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

County councils could be drafted in to help create a Local Plan where a local district council has failed to do so, under government amendments to the Neighbourhood Planning Bill.

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Developers question changes to planning condition rules

18/10/2016 | By Sophie Barnes

Developers are not convinced measures to restrict pre-commencement planning conditions will speed up development, a committee of MPs heard today.